What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Increase Funding for Homeland Security Protections. (2003 senate Roll Call 3)
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Increase Funding for Homeland Security Protections.
senate Roll Call 3     Jan 16, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Because the Republican House and the Democratic Senate had been unable to agree, most spending legislation in 2002 had never made it into law. Congress kept the government running through a series of temporary spending measures that maintained funding at 2002 levels. After the Republicans regained control of the Senate in the 2002 elections, their first order of business in January 2003 was to push spending legislation for the coming year. Byrd (D-WV) proposed an amendment to this spending bill that would add a variety of funding for homeland security. This was the second of two amendments he proposed to add such spending, and it differed from the first only in the specific programs it funded. Despite support from Progressiveswho had long felt Republicans ignored homeland security in favor of wars overseas-the vote for this amendment was the same as for the first: 45-51 against, with only one Democrat voting against party lines to kill the amendment and no Republicans voting for it.

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